I love these minis from Penguin and Vintage. I have been collecting them over the last couple of years. They are ideal books for my bag and for when I can have a sneaky read when the children are distracted.
Freedom by Margaret Atwood
‘There is more than one kind of freedom’
Can we ever be wholly free? In this book of breathtaking imaginary leaps that conjure dystopias and magical islands, Margaret Atwood holds a mirror up on our own world. The reflection we are faced with, of men and women in prisons literal and metaphorical, is frightening, but it is also a call to arms to speak and to act to preserve our freedom while we still can. And in that, there is hope.
Eating by Nigella Lawson
‘In cooking, as in writing, you must please yourself to please others’
In this inspiring, witty and eminently sensible book, Nigella Lawson sets out a manifesto for how to cook (and eat) good food every day with a minimum of fuss. From basic roast chicken and pea risotto to white truffles and Turkish Delight figs, Nigella bring the joy back into the kitchen.
Marriage by Jane Austen
‘A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a-year. What a fine thing for our girls!’
Why do we est so much store by marriage? Jane Austen was fascinated by this question, subjecting it to her forensic eye and wonderfully ironic wit again and again. Here are stolen glances and nervous advances, meddling parents and self-importance cousins, society whispering and the fluttering hearts of young lovers. All of them have their own views and expectations of marriage, and Austen’s are the wisest of all.
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I have been again collecting these since they have been released and another two have joined the collection.
The Reckoning by Edith Wharton
‘If marriage was the slow life-long acquittal of a debt contracted in ignorance, then marriage was a crime against human nature.’
From the great writer of turn-of the century New York, two devastating portraits of lonely widowhood and an unconventional marriage.
It Was Snowing Butterflies by Charles Darwin
‘The vessel drove before her bows two billows of liquid phosphorus……’
Exotic creatures and unexplored terrains populated Darwin’s account of the Beagle’s momentous voyage.
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